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MARSHYMELLOW SparkPoints: (2,840)
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2/13/13 4:03 P

Thank you all for your input!

SERGEANTMAJOR Posts: 6,458
2/13/13 1:19 P


As I stated of the three part formula it is the least important contrary to the current urban myth. It is important for cardio vascular health without question but since it does not increase your resting metabolism or have an "after burn" effect as does strength training it is less important than strength training. If you do your strength training in certain formats it will have a built in cardio effect and benefit. My statements are based on my review of the research literature not anecdotal information.


It is called WORK-ing out for a reason.

I said getting fit was simple, I did not say it was easy.

Cardio burns calories, strength work burns fat.

Eat well to lose weight, exercise to get fit

You can not build a six pack using twelve packs


Often when we seek a magic bullet for fitness we end up shooting ourselves in the foot.

"I think calories are little germs in food that all moms are afraid of" Dennis the Menace

SHANECODER SparkPoints: (22,082)
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2/13/13 12:48 P

Um, cardio is important for weight loss!!! I wouldn't cut back on it!

Edited by: SHANECODER at: 2/13/2013 (12:49)
SERGEANTMAJOR Posts: 6,458
2/13/13 12:23 P

I have no idea why you are doing so much cardio unless you are training for an endurance event. Cardio is the least important component of the triad for fat loss, the triad is in order of importance, nutrition (diet), strength training and then cardio. You can cut back on the cardio without impeding your progress, just do it on non strength training days. Cardio is not a good warm up for strength training since it does not activate the muscles you will use for the strength training, 5 minutes of bodyweight exercises are a better option.

Just my thoughts as a personal trainer since what you are doing is getting you the results you want.


It is called WORK-ing out for a reason.

I said getting fit was simple, I did not say it was easy.

Cardio burns calories, strength work burns fat.

Eat well to lose weight, exercise to get fit

You can not build a six pack using twelve packs


Often when we seek a magic bullet for fitness we end up shooting ourselves in the foot.

"I think calories are little germs in food that all moms are afraid of" Dennis the Menace

BUMPS2 SparkPoints: (10,189)
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2/13/13 12:16 A

THANKYOU.

MARSHYMELLOW SparkPoints: (2,840)
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2/12/13 4:19 P

When I first started i had no clue what I was doing and went about it all wrong instead of introducing new and different slowly but surely I went full speed ahead and I felt like I was starving. Live and learn thanks to this site and its members I have come a long ways. I can honestly say I only walked in my living room with Leslie Sansone DVDs they use stretch bands and some of them use weights as well. I never really got into ST until the last few months and that has worked for me, however, there is a lot of people who would suggest it be vice versa or a mix of the 2. I currently do both.

BUMPS2 SparkPoints: (10,189)
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2/12/13 4:02 P

Marcshmellow....you are where I want to be. I am just starting up a routine. My starting workouts are very light with Resistance Bands. I wonder what type of routine you started with in the beginning.

SHANECODER SparkPoints: (22,082)
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2/12/13 3:35 P

10 pounds to goal weight!! emoticon

MARSHYMELLOW SparkPoints: (2,840)
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2/12/13 2:26 P

Thank you and I am.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 58,102
2/12/13 2:21 P

Sounds like you're doing great! As long as you're leaving a day of rest in between strength workouts, you're on the right track.

Coach Jen

"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "failure" is not the falling down but the staying down." Mary Pickford

"No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch."
MARSHYMELLOW SparkPoints: (2,840)
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2/12/13 2:16 P

I know this has been asked before, I am doing 36 minutes of cardio and then doing arms, legs, abs, chest and back strength workout afterwards 3 times a week, plus 36 minutes of cardio 2 other days of the week is this appropriate without derailing cardio or strength workout? I am losing weight just fine and my diet is great I have 10 pounds left to my desired weight and when I go into maintenance I just want to make sure I'm on track I guess.

Edited by: MARSHYMELLOW at: 2/12/2013 (14:16)
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